Chinatown’s Far East Plaza is one of DTLA’s restaurant hot spots. It’s where you will find three of the most talked about restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles: Chef Roy Choi’s rice bowl restaurant Chego, Eggslut Chef Alvin Cailan’s Ramen Champ and Chef Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Phat Thai. I don’t know what took us so long, but we finally checked out Pok Pok.
If you have not been to the Far East Plaza, it’s just your average Chinatown mini mall. Pok Pok Phat Thai takes up one of the ground floor storefronts. Inside you will find the counter to place your order and a few seats. There is additional picnic table seating right outside in the plaza. There are several Thai dishes on the menu, but we went for the Phat Thai. I ordered the Phat Thai Thamadaa ($8.50). This is considered the “regular” Phat Thai: thin rice noodles cooked in rendered pork fat with tamarind, fish sauce, palm sugar, peanuts, dried tofu, dried shrimp, preserved radish, egg, garlic, chives and bean sprouts. My husband ordered the Phat Thai Kung Sot ($11.50) which is the regular Phat Thai with fresh prawns. The menu says, “As in Thailand, we prepare our dishes so that the seasoning can be adjusted to suit your taste.” There are 4 different spices on every table. You have your choice of fish sauce, sugar, chile power and vinegar with mild green chilies (or any combination of the above). After experimenting with the spices, you will find your flavor… and then you will clean your plate.
Pok Pok Phat Thai opens every day at 11:30am and closes at 9 or 10pm depending on the day of the week. Chef Andy Ricker is opening another Pok Pok restaurant just a few blocks down the street. The new location will have a more expansive Thai menu. I can’t wait!
Pok Pok Phat Thai 727 No. Broadway (inside the Far East Plaza) 213.628.3071